DJ Maphorisa

DJ Maphorisa
Themba Sonnyboy Sekowe

South Africa
Other names
  • Lawd Phori
  • Madumane[1]
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • recording artist
Musical career
Instrumentsvocals, sampler
Years active2008–present
Associated acts

Themba Sonnyboy Sekowe, popularly known by his stage name DJ Maphorisa, is a South African record producer, DJ and vocalist.[2][3] As a record producer with a blend of house music and afropop, he has worked with and has received production credits from several notable artists, including Wizkid, Kwesta, Uhuru, Drake, Black Coffee, Major Lazer, Runtown, C4 Pedro, Kabza De Small and Era Istrefi.[4][5] He is presently signed to his record label BlaqBoy Music upon quitting Kalawa Jazmee Records.[6]

He rose to stardom after producing several hit singles for artists of multiple music genres, such as Uhuru ("Y-Tjukuta"), Kwesta ("Ngud'"), Busiswa ("Lahla"), DJ Zinhle ("My name Is"), Professor ("Jezebel") and Shekinah ("Suited").[7]


On September 2018, he released a single "Midnight Starring" featuring Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Tira and Busiswa.[8] At 2018 DStv Mzansi Viewers Choice Awards he received two nominations includes: Favourite Song Of the Year and Favourite DJ.[9][10] On November 27, 2018, at the third ceremony of Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards his single "Midnight Starring" won Most Voted Song award.[11]

2019-present: Rumble in the Jungle, Banyana EP

On April 9, 2021, Maphorisa, Tresor and Kabza De Small collaboration studio album Rumble in the Jungle was released.[12][13] On April 16, 2021, Maphorisa and Tyler ICU studio EP Banyana was released. [14] The EP features Sir Trill, Daliwonga and Kabza De Small, Mpura, and Visca. The single "Banyana" surpassed 4.2 million streams and was certified double platinum by the Recording industry of South Africa.[15] In 2021, he will embarked to Made in Lagos Tour for an opening act with Wizkid.[16] At the 2021 Music Kwaito and House Music Awards he received a nomination for Best DJ.[17]

On 17 September 2021, he released a single "Abalele" with Kabza De Small featuring Ami Faku.[18]



  • Made in Lagos Tour (2021) (with Wizkid)
  • AmaFest (2021)[19]


Collaborative Albums & EPs

Studio albums


  1. The Banger
  2. "Omalicha Nwa"
  1. Ngud'
  2. "Mayibabo"
  3. "Afro Trap"
  1. khona
  2. Kucheza
  3. Love Portion
  1. Bazoyenza
  2. Midnight Starring
  1. Soweto Baby featuring Wizkid & DJ Buckz

Singles produced

List of singles as either producer or co-producer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

2016 1 DaKAR II
"One Dance"
(Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla)[28][29]
2016 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  • ARIA: Gold[30]
  • BPI: Platinum
  • RMNZ: Platinum
2017 1 Rose Gold
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations

Humanitarian African Prestigious Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Music Producer of The Year[32] Nominated
Best DJ Africa[32] Nominated

MTV Africa Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Song of the Year[33][34] Nominated
2020 Best African Act[35][36] Nominated

Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
"Midnight Starring"
Most Voted Song Won
Best producer Pending
Best AmaPiano songs Pending

SA Amapiano Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Best amapiano male DJ/Act Pending

Dstv Mzansi Viewers Choice Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
"Midnight Starring"
Favourite Song Of the Year [39] Nominated
Favourite DJ Nominated


  1. ^ Kekana, Chrizelda (20 July 2020). "'This beef is getting boring now' - Mzansi to Maphorisa & Prince Kaybee". TimesLIVE.
  2. ^ Sefiso Hlongwane (6 April 2016). "Mzansi celebrates DJ Maphorisa's collaboration with Drake". Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  3. ^ "DJ Maphorisa Set on Africa". Channel O. 8 April 2016. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  4. ^ Diep, Eric (12 April 2016). "MEET DJ MAPHORISA, THE SOUTH AFRICAN CO-PRODUCER OF DRAKE'S "ONE DANCE"". Genius. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  5. ^ Dayile, Qhama (13 May 2016). "Dj Maphorisa's chart topping production on Drake's album and his new house and car". DRUM. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  6. ^ Moganedi, Kgomotso (13 September 2013). "DJ MAPHORISA TO GO AT IT ALONE!". Daily Sun. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
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  8. ^ Ntsinde, Mandisa. "WATCH: DJ Maphorisa - Midnight Starring ft. DJ Tira, Busiswa & Moonchild Sanelly". Zkhiphani.
  9. ^ "Here are the NOMINEES for 2018 DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards | YOMZANSI". YoMzansi. 14 August 2018.
  10. ^ "DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards Nominees announced". DStv. 14 August 2018.
  11. ^ Baloyi, Era (27 November 2018). "All the winners at the 3rd annual Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards". Quickread.
  12. ^ "Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa announce joint project, 'Rumble in the Jungle', with Tresor". The Native Magazine. 11 December 2020.
  13. ^ Writer, Entertainment (11 December 2020). "Scorpion Kings and Tresor announce collab album 'Rumble in the Jungle'". Independent Online.
  14. ^ "Tyler ICU and DJ Maphorisa release joint EP, Banyana | JustNje". JustNje. 16 April 2021.
  15. ^ Adejoy (6 July 2021). "DJ Maphorisa & Tyler ICU's 'Banyana' has gone double platinum | Fakaza News". Fakaza News.
  16. ^ Adejoy (6 July 2021). "DJ Maphorisa to open for Wizkid's 'Made In Lagos' tour in U.S | Fakaza News". Fakaza News.
  17. ^ Shumba, Ano (18 June 2021). "Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards 2021: All the nominees". Music In Africa.
  18. ^ Malema, Poelano (17 September 2021). "Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa release new song 'Abalele' - KAYA 959". KAYA 959.
  19. ^ Adejoy (4 August 2021). "DJ Maphorisa, Kabza, Cassper, DBN Gogo, Focalistic are taking Amapiano to UK | Fakaza News". Fakaza News.
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  21. ^ "DJ Maphorisa And Kabza De Small The Return of Scorpion Kings Album". iminathi. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  22. ^ "DJ Maphorisa And Kabza De Small Scorpion King Live At Sun Arena Album". iminathi. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  23. ^ "DJ Maphorisa And Kabza De Small Once Upon A Time In A Lockdown Album". iminathi. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  24. ^ "Tressor, Kabza De Small and DJ Maphorisa release Rumble In The Jungle". Just Nje. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  25. ^ "Here's what the streets thinks of DJ Maphorisa and Tyler ICU's 'Banyana' EP". Times Live. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  26. ^ "DJ Maphorisa Madumane EP". iminathi. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  27. ^ Retrieved 9 July 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  28. ^ "One Dance - Drake | Credits | AllMusic" – via
  29. ^ "Meet DJ Maphorisa, the South African co-producer of Drake's "One Dance"". Genius.
  30. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  31. ^ Dhlamini, Thobekani. "Shekhinah's Suited goes 10x platinum, diamond status". MSN. ZAlebs. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  32. ^ a b "DJ Maphorisa is nominated for HAPA". 23 October 2017.
  33. ^ "Here's the Full List of Nominees at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards in Johannesburg". okayafricasite. 22 October 2016.
  34. ^ "The 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards to rock Johannesburg in October". Media Update.
  35. ^ "DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small Nominated". ZAlebs.
  36. ^ "Master KG, Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa nominated for 2020 MTV EMA | YOMZANSI". 6 October 2020.
  37. ^ Reporter, Sowetan (3 May 2020). "Oskido, Maphorisa score three nomination each at Mzansi Kwaito and House Music Awards".
  38. ^ "SA Amapiano Music Awards: Look who's been nominated!". 19 July 2021. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  39. ^ "Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards - the full list of nominees". Sowetan LIVE. 14 August 2018.

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